For half a century, musicologist Alan Lomax recorded and preserved priceless cultural treasure.
Thousands of recordings have been digitized for posterity, discovered in the coal country of Kentucky to the cane fields of Haiti, including many legendary voices who would have toiled in obscurity and been forgotten.
With 2015 marking the Alan Lomax centennial, the Association for Cultural Equity is making these recordings available for free.
Read more about that and HERE
Working alongside his folklorist father, John Lomax, the young Alan traveled through the South and West, shining a light on local musicians, allowing the wider world to discover the blues of a prison inmate known as Leadbelly and the ballads of an itinerant laborer named Woody Guthrie.
Those are just two of the voices first recorded by Alan Lomax, out of thousands, and tens of thousands of songs and tunes now preserved for and us and future generations.
The 2002 New York Times Obituary of Alan Lomax is found HERE
Association of Cultural Equity’s website is HERE
The Lomax Family Collection at the American Folklife Center is HERE